Now that the 2016 Tax Return day is officially over - some families are already looking toward summer and how to fill the time with the kids home from school and vacation days piling up from work (because everyone is afraid to take time off for fear of losing their job).
Some families may take their #2016 Tax Refund and plan a staycation in New Jersey. The Jersey Shore or the mountains of Vernon, NJ are both beautiful destinations with lots of family oriented or romantic couple activities. Personally I used to love a day at the beach but the last I saw of a NJ beach - was too crowded and too expensive ( a day pass ? is unheard of if you are from New York where Riis Park, Breezy Point or Belle Harbor offer free beach days) - as long as you can find parking or you know someone who will let you park in their driveway - and besides - NY (Queens) has the best white sandy beaches. Anyone remember #BeerCanBay? Those were the days.
Other families, who are going through the long arduous Immigration process and trying to sponsor a family member may have received an additional request for evidence (known as #RFE) and are wondering how to complete yet another set of documents to prove paternity, maternity or other biological relationship. If you have received an #RFE or if you are considering starting the Family Visa application, it is best to gather your documents first so that $$$ spent are not wasted on applications and filing fees - get a DNA test done to revise/update birth certificates if you can - otherwise, when you get the #RFE call your local DNA Lady to get the AABB certified DNA collections done in the USA and in 168 foreign countries.
Other families may have the pleasure of arranging a family reunion or backyard BBQ. I only attended one on my #maternal side but it was fun to meet cousins and hear how we are related - although second or third cousins - but their parents and my biological mother had a history together as children - Brooklyn in the 1930s - anyone remember what was surreptiously carried in the tin cans? At the end of the reunion, one lady provided a family genealogy report as far back as 1868. With pictures of homes owned, gravesite burials and really old tint type photos. It was interesting to note that a great, great grandmother, whose husband died - carried on with his business and even hired men to do the day to day work. This was in the late 1800s and a middle aged Irish female immigrant - owned and operated her own business. It's in the blood - or DNA shall we say?
As we get nearer to the summer, there's another thing happening - the creeps are coming out! Yesterday, one of the sweetest Spring days so far this year in New Jersey, there was also a reported luring incident in Bloomfield, NJ. Some creep pretending to be a police officer tried to lure young children from a park to his car. Had those children actually been taken, what precautions did their parents take to assist in such an emergency. The more affluent towns, or mommy and me groups, are hosting #CSI days - Child Safety Identification - where a child's DNA profile and other identifying information are all in one document to be provided to local authorities in just such an emergency. If a child identified the car that kidnapped another child, and the local authorities find the car - they can swab for the DNA of the missing loved one - and family's have a readily available (CODIS applicable) exact DNA Profile of their child. Young parents should read Patricia's Law - local law enforcement doesn't have to attempt to create a DNA Profile until 30 days after the reported incident. Why wait for a State Lab (back up from forensic cases) to create a possible DNA profile of your child - have one ready to go in case of emergency. Being prepared in the 21st century.
Sadly, some parents are arranging child custody where a chld is shuffled back and forth between working parents for daddy time or mommy time. The Grandparents and the Aunts and Uncles miss out on bonding time with these children. If you are a family member with a doubt about the paternity, as long as you have legal guardianship of a child - you can have a private paternity test done to remove doubts and relieve those unspoken fears.
Whatever you choose to do with your 2016 Tax Return - be grateful that you actually get one - the rest of us are paying and paying and paying and hoping one day we'll get to see some of it back in out SSI. Don't forget if you have a child, not claimed on your income tax as a dependent - you can use a DNA test to confirm the relationship and have your taxes amended to obtain credit. #EITC